[65] The couple divorced in December 2012; his wife cited "unreasonable behaviour". [135] He progressed through the under-17 and under-18 levels before manager Tom Walley called him up to the under-21 side for the first time at the age of 16. [93] After a run of seven consecutive draws in the Premier League, during the last of which Bellamy was sent off for two bookable offences, Hughes was sacked as manager and replaced by Roberto Mancini. The following season Country lost but the Storm were minor premiers and reached the 2007 NRL grand final, in which they defeated the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 34–8 to become premiers. His advisor had recently met former footballer John Fashanu and telephoned him for advice, and Fashanu arrived at the meeting unannounced. [42] Complications from his knee surgery caused problems throughout the season; inflammation occurred consistently after matches, leaving him struggling for fitness the following week. They were however later stripped of the title by the NRL. 2. [26], As Newcastle stalled over a bid, Coventry City offered a club-record £6 million to sign Bellamy, which Norwich accepted. [40], Bellamy underwent knee surgery during the summer break and was originally expected to be fit in time for the new season. Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy makes a stunning admission about his side after losing the plot with an epic meltdown when his team was WINNING the NRL Grand Final Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has admitted thinking his side may lose Bellamy burst into a profanity-ridden meltdown in the box as Penrith scored Speaking after […] [141] Under Hughes, Wales' form improved significantly and the side enjoyed a strong qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 2004. [146], Four days later, in a match against Cyprus—Bellamy's second as captain—he scored the third goal for Wales in a 3–1 win after setting up Robert Earnshaw for his side's second. [65] He scored 17 goals for Rovers in 2005–06 in all competitions in a successful but injury-tempered season, during which Blackburn finished in sixth place in the Premier League as Hughes built the team's attack around Bellamy. [38] Bellamy refuted the accusations and said the incident was sparked by the student slamming the car door on his leg after she refused to get out. [13] His first year away from home proved troublesome and he describes it as "the hardest year of my life", regularly crying himself to sleep at night after suffering from homesickness. Bellamy grew frustrated with the prolonged transfer negotiations and told staff at West Ham he wanted to remain and sign a new deal with the club. The Tigers were a leading candidate to sign Bellamy as their coach for the 2003 season, although he ultimately joined Melbourne after Mark Murray was sacked. [6] In 1998 he became performance co-ordinator and assistant coach to Wayne Bennett at the Brisbane Broncos. [3] He made his professional debut for Norwich on 15 March 1997 under manager Mike Walker, as an injury-time substitute in a 2–0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the First Division. Is it just me who hates watching Craig Bellamy coached sides? He spent two years at the club before being invited by Norwich City to a trial match in Somerset. Tottenham bid an initial £6 million and eventually agreed a fee with West Ham but Bellamy refused to hand in a transfer request when West Ham asked him to, believing the club wanted to imply he had pushed for the transfer. He has grown into the job since he has been with us, he has understood the extra responsibilities and it showed on the pitch. [19] During the early stages of the campaign, Bellamy played his 10th match for the first team, leading to new contract negotiations. After returning to training, the pair argued after Bellamy said he was unable to train for two consecutive days due to his personal fitness plan which angered Mancini. Rugby league guru Phil Gould expects 2021 to be a huge test for the Broncos' master plan with Kevin Walters set to ride solo for a year before the expected arrival of the club's potential saviour Craig Bellamy.Bellamy is yet to sign with the Broncos and has recently shot down… The group were unaware of the significance of the dinner and had stayed on at a local restaurant. Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy meeting with Brisbane Broncos winger Xavier Coates at a Gold Coast cafe. [73] After exchanging words, Bellamy returned to his hotel room before apologising to Riise the next morning. In 1995, Bellamy coached the Canberra Raiders' President's Cup team to a premiership win. [9] He first attended Baden Powell Primary School before switching to Trowbridge Juniors where he joined the school football team at the age of seven. They remained together despite Bellamy spending most of his time away from the city during his apprenticeship with Norwich City; Claire remained in Cardiff working in a local newsagent. The manager fielded telephone calls from the parents of other players who said Bellamy was too small to play in the side. The Storm claimed their fourth premiership, and second in four years, holding off a fast-finishing Penrith to record a 26-20 win at ANZ Stadium. [27] He made his Premier League debut on the opening day of the 2000–01 season in a 3–1 defeat to Middlesbrough and converted a penalty in the following game, a 2–1 victory over Southampton. 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Having represented Wales at several youth levels, in 1998 at the age of 18, Bellamy made his senior debut for Wales against Jamaica. He met with Speed in Cardiff to discuss his future. Melbourne Storm legend Billy Slater has been endorsed by four of rugby league's biggest names to take over the head coaching reigns of the Queensland Maroons. He has established the Craig Bellamy Foundation in Sierra Leone. He also led the Storm to the minor premiership in 2011, and won his first legitimate premiership as a coach in 2012 when the Storm defeated the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. [151], In October 2010, a 'club v country' row emerged as Bellamy played a full match for Cardiff City despite his manager Dave Jones claiming Bellamy was too injured to play for Wales. [10] He went on to attend Rumney High School. ... We want it to add to the team, so we need to have a good think about it and get some opinions when everyone is back. Ricky Stuart was later named his successor. [167], Bellamy's career was severely hampered by persistent injuries that restricted both the amount of time he could train and the number of matches he could play in close proximity. Enough of the absentee husband. Xavier Coates’ secret meeting with Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy Brisbane Broncos winger Xavier Coates is reportedly considering joining a rival club after his contract expires at the end of 2021. So I did what everybody had told me not to do. [185] In March 2019, he was banned from driving for 18 months after being found to be over the permitted alcohol limit while driving in Cardiff early that month. Bellamy was mobbed by fans and was unable to freely walk the streets without an armed police escorts because crowds blocked roads trying to see him. He was relegated in his single season with Coventry before achieving two top-four finishes during his four years with Newcastle. [149] In June 2007, Giggs announced his retirement from international football and Toshack named Bellamy as permanent captain. His work with Wayne Bennett extended to international level when he was appointed assistant to Bennett for the Australian Test team during the 2005 Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament, and was often seen 'running the water' to players on the field. [195], All activities were stopped in April 2017 due to financial irregularities. [57], On 31 January 2005—transfer deadline day—Bellamy joined Scottish Premier League side Celtic on loan for the remainder of the season. On 10 December 2000, he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 victory over Leicester City to gain his side three crucial points and Bellamy's form improved further after the arrival of his Wales strike-partner John Hartson. He ashes with the group on more than one occasion and accused them of lacking effort following a 2–0 defeat against Portsmouth on 14 February 2009. [188] He decided to set up a charity in the country and, on 6 May 2008, plans for The Craig Bellamy Foundation were announced in Sierra Leone. The Canberra Raiders signed Bellamy in their début season, 1982. "[134], Bellamy first represented Wales at schoolboy level in 1994 but came under pressure in an under-performing side. [63] He instead signed for Blackburn Rovers, managed by his former Wales manager Mark Hughes, for an undisclosed fee. He was the Wales captain from 2007 to 2011, when he stepped down from the role due to injuries. [83], On 19 January 2009, Bellamy completed his move to Manchester City on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £14 million, reuniting with his former Blackburn manager Mark Hughes. Following his departure, Souness stated it was "him or me" at Newcastle and that allowing Bellamy to remain would have ended his managerial career. [47] He missed more than three months of the campaign in recovery before returning to first-team action on 31 January 2004 in a 1–1 draw with Birmingham City. Craig Bellamy as his usual animated self in the coach's box. [32] Bellamy's Newcastle career started well as in the UEFA Intertoto Cup, the club was drawn against Belgian side Lokeren. He featured once in the last three months of the campaign as Newcastle finished fourth. Bellamy was born 3 October 1959 in Portland, New South Wales, Australia. Justin Holbrook has been so good in his first year as coach but for me, Craig Bellamy is again the coach of the year. The case reached court in November but was dismissed by the judge; the defence stated that the prosecution's evidence "was a shambles". [101], Bellamy's influence on the Cardiff team proved pivotal in the push for promotion, which included a 2–2 draw with league leaders Queens Park Rangers in April in which he scored the second goal. Norwich, however, won 3–2 following a late-injury-time goal. [35], Bellamy was involved in controversy when he was one of four players sent home early from a winter training camp in La Manga after unwittingly missing a team meal in honour of former chairman John Hall. In 2002, when Broncos' head coach Wayne Bennett was on State of Origin duty with the Queensland Maroons, Bellamy gained NRL experience as a head coach. He is known as one of the greatest coaches in NRL history. Bellamy reacted to the defender pinching him, which resulted in a three-match ban. Bellamy became involved in a row with his club side Newcastle over his participation after he postponed a knee operation to play in the qualifiers. Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy is none the wiser on club legend Cameron Smith’s future plans.. Coming off the Storm’s 2020 premiership win, Smith’s third overall, the veteran has been weighing up retirement or extending his storied career into a 19th season. [193] The league also funded the school fees of participating children and employed 175 Sierra Leonian team coaches, regional managers and league coordinators. The decision reaped rewards immediately; Bellamy scored seven goals in his first eight league appearances of the campaign, including his first career hat-trick on 22 August 1998 in a 4–2 home win over Queens Park Rangers,[22] and he was rewarded with a new five-year contract. [15] Bellamy reached a turning point in his career when his girlfriend Claire became pregnant while he was a youth player. [51] The pair had a public argument when Bellamy was pictured swearing at Souness after being substituted during a match and later had a physical altercation during a training session. But not everyone was impressed with his coaching against the Dragons. [104] Cardiff were challenging Norwich City for the second automatic promotion place in the final stages of the season when Norwich were due to meet Derby County. Few in the NRL are held in higher regard than Craig Bellamy. Craig Douglas Bellamy was born on 19 July 1979 at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff,[3] the second of three boys born to Douglas and Angela Bellamy. He returned to action to win his 50th international cap in a friendly against Iceland on 29 May. "[153], In December 2010, Gary Speed, Bellamy's former team-mate at both Newcastle and Wales, was appointed manager of Wales. Thu 28 May, 2020 16:30 Club News. I would be shocked if Craig went to the Broncos,” Bunn told The Daily Telegraph. Bellamy moved to West Ham United on 10 July 2007 for a fee of £7.5 million, signing a five-year contract as the club brought in several new signings including Kieron Dyer and Scott Parker under new chairman Eggert Magnússon. Enough of the selfishness and the black moods and the times when I wouldn’t talk to her because I was worried about a knee injury. Hawks coach Brian Goorjian has revealed how premiership-winning Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has inspired his side’s history-making start to the NBL season.Goorjian has only met Bellamy once – during his coaching days in Melbourne with the South Dragons in 2008 and 2009 – but he has long admired the accomplished rugby league … Born in Cardiff, Bellamy began his career with Norwich City, where he made his professional debut in 1996. Bellamy returned to Cardiff as an academy coach on a voluntary basis. Bellamy was paired with John Polston but found the experienced defender difficult to work with and believed Polston tried to "humiliate" him. [109] The new Cardiff boss Malky Mackay, who knew Bellamy from their days at Norwich, did not confirm whether he would attempt to sign Bellamy. [145] In October 2006, Toshack awarded Bellamy the captain's armband when Ryan Giggs was unavailable for a Euro 2008 qualifying match against Slovakia on 7 October 2006. Bellamy won his second recognised NRL premiership as coach with the Melbourne Storm after a dominant 2017 season in which the Storm lost only four games. He later led them to the Premier League; it was the first time in fifty years that Cardiff had played in the top tier of English football. Bellamy, fuelled by alcohol, remained irate and went to Riise's hotel room with a golf club. Bellamy, however, backed out of the transfer after an awkward final meeting with Moyes, describing him as "tense and hostile". It was just a thwack really. After Cardiff manager Dave Jones' sacking, Bellamy became a surprise favourite to take over. He has previously coached the New South Wales State of Origin team. [99] Cardiff manager Dave Jones confirmed Bellamy would become team captain for the season with former captain Mark Hudson named club captain. He scored again against Middlesbrough in the Premier League in a 1–0 win for City; it was his third appearance before scoring twice against FC Copenhagen in the UEFA Cup two weeks later. [116] Two days later, Bellamy returned to the team and recorded assists for both Liverpool goals in a 2–0 win over Chelsea in the League Cup quarter-final, describing his performance as "one of the best games I ever played". Craig Douglas Bellamy (born 13 July 1979) is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a forward. [181] In his autobiography, Bellamy stated the couple split after "she decided she’d had enough. [28] He endured a poor start to his career with Coventry, however, scoring only three league goals—two of which were penalties—by the start of December as the club found itself in the relegation zone. It’s the first grand final win […] [8] Bellamy's interest in the sport grew rapidly; he regularly attended Cardiff matches at the club's home ground Ninian Park and played in ABC Park near his home with his older brother Paul and his friends. "[164] Bellamy's temperament and approach has seen him involved in several high-profile confrontations and led to him falling out with managers Graeme Souness and Roberto Mancini. [49] In March 2004, he reportedly threw a chair at first-team coach John Carver after a public argument between them. [59] On the final day of the season, Celtic led rivals Rangers by two points heading into the team's final fixture against Motherwell but suffered a defeat that, coupled with Rangers win over Hibernian, cost them the title. Bellamy coached the club’s President’s Cup side to premiership success in 1995 … Craig Bellamy with Storm captain Cameron Smith. In 2016, he was appointed Cardiff's player development manager, overseeing all age groups at the club's youth academy and coaching the older age-group teams. [144] Wales finished second in the group, four points behind winners Italy, reaching a two-legged playoff match against Russia for a place at the finals. "I … He missed several matches for Newcastle to ensure he was fit for Wales' matches, a decision that angered Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd, who tried to block Bellamy from appearing for Wales until he returned to action for his club side. [70] In his first appearance following the court case, Bellamy scored two goals during a 4–0 victory over Wigan Athletic on 2 December 2006. [15] Bellamy's homesickness was lessened after he became friends with another apprentice from Cardiff, Tom Ramasut, but problems with his discipline became commonplace. [118], Featuring largely as a squad player, Bellamy made regular appearances as a substitute but enjoyed a prolonged run in the first team during the Christmas period after Luis Suárez was banned for racially abusing an opponent. [142] In the 70th minute, Hartson received the ball and played-in Bellamy, who rounded Gianluigi Buffon to score Wales' winning goal. [68] After the match against Haifa, Bellamy set up the winning goal for Peter Crouch in the 81st minute of the 2006 FA Community Shield with a cross from the left-hand corner of the 18 yards (16 m) box. It's been a long couple of months, I had to be patient and believe something like this could happen. [85] Hughes stated, "I'm sure Craig will be excellent for us, I think people will soon see why I wanted to bring him to the club". I felt stressed. [101], Bellamy made his debut for Cardiff on 21 August in a 4–0 win over Doncaster Rovers, in which he scored from a 35-yard (32 m) free kick. [48] Bellamy enjoyed a prolific scoring run following his return, scoring seven goals in two months before his season was ended due to a pulled hamstring as Newcastle finished fifth. [52] His last goal for the club came in a UEFA Cup group stage match against Sporting CP in December, a 1–1 draw at St. James' Park; it was his 10th goal for Newcastle that season. [174], Bellamy has described himself as a "keen" supporter of both Liverpool and Cardiff City. [66] Blackburn had previously opened discussions about paying £2 million to remove the clause with Bellamy but negotiations had not been completed when Liverpool made their bid. I’m not being anti-English or anti-British ... you have to remember that we took some stick in Wales just for playing for Team GB. The Sports Group is privileged to work with Rugby League’s ‘Coach of the Century’ Craig Bellamy under an exclusive global management agreement.. Craig Bellamy is a unique leader in Australian sport. Trent Robinson has dethroned Craig Bellamy as the best coach in the NRL after collecting a quarter of the votes in the 2020 NRL Players’ Poll, to be unveiled on Monday afternoon. [191][192] The first 15 children were enrolled at the academy in August 2010. Mancini had introduced double sessions, which Bellamy was unable to undertake due to his long injury history. [88], Further player purchases ahead of the 2009–10 season increased competition for Bellamy; forwards Emmanuel Adebayor and Carlos Tevez both joined the club. [44] The charges were later dropped but Bellamy was convicted of using foul and abusive language and was fined £750. Bellamy played his entire NSWRL premiership career with the Canberra Raiders during the 1980s, and 1990s. [78] Bellamy made his West Ham debut in an opening-day 2–0 home defeat by Manchester City on 11 August 2007. [103] Bellamy wanted to avoid further injury problems and hired Raymond Verheijen, his former fitness coach at Manchester City, to work with him during the season and paid Verheijen's wages himself. In his third season as an NRL coach with the Storm, Bellamy started coaching the Country Origin team with a loss in 2005. Cardiff had led the game twice before Adel Taarabt's brace held them to a draw. Bellamy later stated, "I just whacked him across the buttocks with the club. [140], When Mark Hughes was appointed as Wales' new manager, Bellamy was suffering from an injury and missed the first match to be played at the Millennium Stadium, although he was included in the training squad. In the post season Bellamy continued as Kangaroos assistant coach, now under Ricky Stuart for the 2006 Tri Nations series. [161], Bellamy has been described as having a dynamic style of play with quick, bursting technique and calmness under pressure. He played one more season with the club in the Premier League, setting a new record by scoring for his seventh different club in the division, before retiring from playing in 2014. We didn’t even try and compete and I found that hard. It is a football academy that supports 32 children in Tombo to gain free football coaching and an international level education. RUGBY LEAGUE'S TOP FIVE COACHES OF ALL-TIME CRAIG BELLAMY Coached: 2003-current (Melbourne). A controversial character, Bellamy was involved in numerous high-profile incidents during his career and was described by Bobby Robson as "the gobbiest footballer I've ever met". [13], At the age of 15, Bellamy moved away from Cardiff to start his youth apprenticeship with Norwich, being placed with a local family along with another apprentice. "Any team coached by Craig Bellamy you know they're going to be ready," Stuart started off. In their opening match, Wales defeated Finland before facing Italy on 16 October 2002. craig bellamy rugby. [9], 2009 marked the fourth consecutive year Melbourne played in the grand final under Bellamy. After a coaching apprenticeship as Wayne Bennett's assistant at the Brisbane Broncos, which included a win over the Wests Tigers with the "Baby Broncos" when Bennett and the teams stars were away on State of Origin duty. The pressure of the situation led Bellamy to agree to the move but he regretted his decision, commenting, "They were persuasive. [52][53] Although the two said the rift had been healed after Bellamy scored a last-minute-winning goal in a 4–3 victory over Manchester City in late October, on 23 January 2005 Bellamy was omitted from the team for a Premier League match with Arsenal at Highbury, which Newcastle lost 1–0. Chris Anderson He coached Australia 27 times for 24 victories, and played in 12 Test matches. Celtic had the option of making the transfer permanent at the end of the loan. During the finals campaign of the 2008 NRL season, Bellamy cost his club $50,000 after he was fined for disclosing scathing remarks and views on the NRL's decision to suspend his side's captain and goal-kicker, Cameron Smith over a controversial "grapple tackle" on Brisbane's Sam Thaiday. [188] Operating in the Freetown, Bo, Kenema and Makeni regions, The Craig Bellamy Foundation League provided a national youth football framework for children; as well as on-pitch performance, points were awarded for school attendance, fair play and contributions to community projects. The match ended in a 5–1 defeat at home to the Slovaks. "[148] When Giggs returned to the Wales squad in November 2006, Bellamy was relieved of the captaincy but was named vice-captain. 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